De Blasio program Ladders for Leaders breaks record: Mayor's office
The program started in 2014 and has placed young adults in summer internships for the past three years.
An important part of President Trump’s campaign was the promise of jobs and finding a good job with proper healthcare can be a challenge. Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office celebrated tripling the number of summer jobs for vulnerable youth, including LGBT youth. On Monday, the mayor’s office announced that another jobs program, Ladders for Leaders, broke yet another record.
Through the Ladders for Leaders program, the city has placed young adults in “high quality” paid internships since 2014. De Blasio’s office Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships Gabrielle Fialkoff announced a projected 600 participating employers and more than 1,600 placed interns for this summer.
The program began three years ago with 89 employers and 475 interns.
“Our aim with Ladders for Leaders is twofold: to put as many youths as we can on the road to success by connecting them to employers in the City’s most thriving industries and to provide employers with a strong, homegrown workforce,” Fialkoff said. “The continued growth of this program shows that employers agree that we must work together to increase access and opportunity for all young people across the city. We look forward to finding innovative ways to do so.”
The growth of the program is attributed to a campaign calling employers to hire interns and “Industry Partnerships.”
In spring 2016, the Center for Youth Employment targeted businesses in five key sectors: real estate, fashion, media and entertainment, hospitality and travel and tourism. These partnerships brought together the public and private sectors to create meaningful pipelines into NYC’s growing industries, offering workplace exposure, experience and training for young adults, according to the mayor’s office.
Thirty-four of last summer’s interns were offered fill-time jobs as a result of their internship, the mayor’s office said.
Employers can get more information here.